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UCLA engineering students dominate element14's Live EDGE international scholarship competition

LOS ANGELES & CHICAGO – NOVEMBER 4, 2009

Chicago-based electronics distributor wins in all categories, receives the most awards

UCLA Engineering and element14, a new online technology resource and community for electronic design engineers, announce that three students at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science were selected to receive $2,500 Live EDGE scholarships to help further their educations in electrical and electronics engineering. Of the 12 Live EDGE scholarships awarded to engineering students worldwide, UCLA had the most winners.

The UCLA students: Abde Ali Kagalwalla and Meng Ai, who are both first-year graduate students in electrical engineering, and Armin Axel Brugger, a junior majoring in electrical engineering, were each presented with $2,500 checks on November 3, by John Curran, Design Segment Manager and Mike Jeworski, General Sales Manager of Newark element14, a leading electronics distributor in North America.

To qualify for the scholarships, entrants were asked to explain the importance of their engineering degree in society, how they saw electronics design changing and what new technologies would have the biggest impact on electronics in the near future. Winning entries are posted at element14 within the Live EDGE Group.

"UCLA Engineering students are among the best and brightest in the nation. I’m very proud that three of our students have won these scholarships, through a competition based on what they think the future will be in electronics, and how their engineering education will help them play a pivotal role in solving societal challenges," said UCLA Engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir. "I would like to thank element14 for supporting engineering students, both here at UCLA and around the globe."

"Premier Farnell, the sponsor of the Live EDGE scholarships and the element14 online technical community, is a global electronics distributor operating under the brand names Newark element14 in North America, Farnell in the UK/Europe and Premier Electronics in China. The scholarships are part of Premier Farnell’s Live EDGE (Environmental Design for the Global Environment) Challenge, which has helped electronic design engineers to bring their environmentally-friendly designs to the market."

"We are proud to encourage the further education of students who are also eager to positively impact the world", comments Harriet Green, CEO of Premier Farnell. "Through element14 and our recent acquisition of CadSoft, we have again heightened our ability to support students and electronic design engineers alike with the latest products, technology, services and support that they need to excel in their field."

element14 is another innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel distribution and specialty services for electronic design engineers throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. It has a stocked range of 450,000+ products, and access to 4,000,000 more items from 3,500 top manufacturers. The company has group sales of £804.4m and over 4,100 employees globally.

For more information about element14 visit: www.element14.com.

About Newark element14

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell plc, is North America's leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment, and its #1 source for RoHS compliant parts and information. RoHS is the acronym for the European Union's Restrictions of certain Hazardous Substances directive, which took effect July 1, 2006.

Visited by thousands of engineers and electronics buyers each week, Newark element14's RoHS Express site at www.element14.com/community/community/legislation provides critical information to help companies transition to compliance, including: the latest news, on-demand lead-free soldering webinars, downloadable step-by-step guides to compliance and updates on US and Canadian green laws.

In addition to offering the broadest electronics selection from 440+ top manufacturers for same-day shipping, Newark element14 provides a unique range of value-added services at no charge, including, RoHS Bill of Materials updates, eProcurement implementation and support, and automatic re-reeling for components.

With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark element14 through contact centers, a local branch network in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, a dedicated field sales force and a world-class website at www.Newark.com. The holder of a General Services Administration schedule (#GS-06F-0044M,) Newark element14 also supports federal government customers through a dedicated website, www.teamgov.com, and a specially trained team of representatives.

Newark element14's parent company, Premier Farnell plc, is a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic, maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and specialist products and services, trading in more than 100 countries with a database of 2 million customer contacts. For general information, visit www.Newark.com and www.premierfarnell.com. Also, you can reach Newark element14's media contact, Janice Fleisher, at 773.907.5941 and at jfleisher@Newark element14inone.com.

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